JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: ONE YEAR OF FTTN ROLLOUT BRINGS NBN TO OVER 850,000 PREMISES
THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
ONE YEAR OF FTTN ROLLOUT BRINGS NBN TO OVER
Just one year on from the launch of nbn’s fibre-to-the-node service,
more than a quarter of a million Australian homes and businesses are now
benefiting from high-speed broadband and 854,000 addresses can access the
fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the building (FTTB) service.
With FTTN, nbn is
rapidly building out its fixed line network — saving billions in construction
costs, and making the connection process easy for residents. This technology
will deliver fast broadband to 4.4 million addresses over the next two years.
Marking the 12-month anniversary at a Smeaton Grange nbn work site
today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said more than 90,000 Australian homes a
month are now hooking up to the nbn across the technology range.
That compares to Labor’s record of just 51,000 paying customers
connected on the NBN fixed network between July 2010 and September 2013.
“The wave of
superfast broadband is accelerating across Australia,” said the Prime Minister.
“On a monthly basis, tens of thousands of families and businesses are now able
to fully access Australia’s new digital era for the first time.”
Over 3,200 homes and businesses have been made ready-for-service every
working day, on average, in the year since the first commercial FTTN services
Access to superfast
broadband at affordable prices can be revolutionary for small businesses, households
with students and people working from home.
“The nbn’s rapidly
expanding footprint will help more local businesses connect to the global
market place and assist students at home to achieve their educational goals,”
said Minister Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts.
The nbn network was
available to just one in 50 addresses when the Coalition came into government.
Today, the nbn is available to more than a quarter of all Australian premises,
growing to half of all Australian premises by 30 June 2017, and three-quarters
of premises in 2018.
In Greater Western
Sydney, the network passes more than 158,000 premises, and by September
2018 the nbn will be available or under construction to 455,000 homes and
businesses across the region.
two thirds of all premises are in the design phase, under construction or ready
Coalition, the nbn is on schedule, ahead of its revenue forecasts, and has met
key targets for nine consecutive quarters.